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  • Actors: Laurie Maher, Gordon Pinsent, Alberta Watson, Patrice Goodman, Robert McCarrol
  • Directors: Bruce Alcock, Chris Landreth, Chris Lavis, Claude Barras, Claude Cloutier
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2010
  • Run Time: 221 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003E0YTZA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Animation Express" on IMDb

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Take a journey beyond your wildest imagination with this amazingly inventive, hugely entertaining collection of 26 animated shorts sure to delight viewers of all ages! With everything from modern masterworks such as Madame Tutli-Putli and Sleeping Betty to groundbreaking experimental shorts and classic cartoons, emerging talents join seasoned directors from the National Film Board of Canada, employing a startling palette of technologies to create animation magic. Films Include: Madame Tutti-Putli, Spare Change, Forming Game, The Spine, Hungu, The Man Who Slept, Rosa Rosa, How People Got Fire, Rains, Robes of War, Retouches, Drux Flux, Subservience, Sleeping Betty, Invasion of the Space Lobsters, The Necktie, Sainte Barbe, Come Again in Spring, Paradise, HA'Aki, Vive la Rose, Here and There, Land of the Heads, Flutter, Runaway, Engine 371.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 28, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Cartoons really have grown up, haven't they? ANIMATION EXPRESS is a two-disc anthology collection of 26 animated shorts culled from the National Film Board of Canada, and the stories told here are evocative and thought provoking and, okay, artsy. Some are even off-putting. They're fleshed out by innovative, often unconventional, sometimes experimental animation styles, ranging from digital imagery to pencil renderings to stop-motion to something filmmaker Iriz Pääbo dubs "animbits." The artistry and craftsmanship we are treated to are simply off the chain, as established award-winning artists vie with fledgling animators just getting their feet wet. The fact that a lot of these shorts go without dialogue seems to enhance the viewing experience even more. Not every short is easily accessible, not every short is for every viewer. Part of the fun - if you like this sort of fun - is sorting thru all the sub-texts. Because each piece has something to say. Me, I was more dazzled than not.

Disc 1

1) "Madame Tutli-Putli" (00:17:14 minutes) - A woman embarks on a macabre train trip and is subjected to harrowing images which could either be figments of her mind... or terrifyingly real. This sample of stop motion artistry pries into existential stuff. What's real? These images that Madame Tutli-Putli sees, what do they mean? I'm not sure I know. I just liked looking at the pretty pictures.

2) "Forming Game" (00:05:28) - This one's a bit too abstract for my taste. A pouch is taken out of a box and two people begin to muck about with the contents, attempting to coax shapes and images from these contents. I really need to get a hold of what Salvador Dali (and animation filmmaker Malcolm Sutherland) was smoking.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Robin Simmons VINE VOICE on June 3, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
From The National Film Board of Canada, this collection of artistic, experimental and entertaining animation is now available in the US in both DVD and Blu-ray.

The two-disc DVD contains 26 films.

The far superior Blu-ray version showcases 39 films, including two Oscar© winners. A slight caveat here, not all the films are appropriate for young children as they may be a bit disturbing (I'm thinking of the Academy nominated Madame Tutii-Putii and The Spine). A nice menu feature allows for filtering viewing selections, as in: "For All," "Humor," "Visual Delight" and "Social Issues." You can of course sort by title or filmmaker.

Stop motion, traditional hand-drawn and computer generated animation techniques are all part of the sometimes whimsical mix. These films range widely in mood and style. Some are thoughtful, even poignant while others, like Pimp My Boat and Invasion of the Space Lobsters are laugh-out-loud funny.

Highest recommendation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ronald E. Weber on February 6, 2012
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Extremely engaging collection of clever animation, with a lot of classics reappearing in the new blu ray format. Beautiful transfers. As a Tournee fan from way back, and a collector of a flock of old laser discs of this kind of thing, it is great to get this 'state of the art' update.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Larry R. Coffman on May 9, 2013
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This is a great collection of cartoons, especially "Runaway." I bought this DVD as a gift, but was not careful in perusing the contents. I have the Blu-ray version which includes extras cartoons not included on this disc. Unfortunately, one of the extras missing was "Uncle Bob's Visit to the Hospital," one of the best animation shorts I have seen in ages. Maybe Amazon could help by putting a more prominent warning as to the difference in the content between the Blu-ray and DVD releases.

If this DVD had included the extras, I would have given it five stars.
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